Alabama State Treasurer’s Office to Host College Savings Giveaway

Dad holds baby wearing a graduation cap holding a diploma to celebrate CollegeCounts college savings giveaway

If your baby was born between May 29, 2020 and May 29, 2021, you could receive free money toward your child’s college education.

CollegeCounts, Alabama’s 529 Fund, will celebrate 5/29 Day (May 29) with a fifth annual statewide giveaway. From babies born between May 29, 2020 and May 29, 2021, CollegeCounts will randomly select 29 winners to receive $529 in contributions to an existing or newly opened CollegeCounts account.

“It’s never too early – or too late – to start saving for future education expenses,” says Alabama State Treasurer John McMillan. “The 5/29 Day promotion gives us a fun way to remind people of this important message each year. The goal is to ease parents’ minds about this important future expense and educate them on the benefits that CollegeCounts provides.”

About CollegeCounts

CollegeCounts has no minimum contribution requirement, so you can invest a little at a time. Families can withdraw funds to use at public or private colleges, universities, trade schools, and graduate schools. This includes vocational, technical, and community colleges. Qualified expenses include tuition, fees, and room and board (if enrolled at least half time). Families can also use the funds to purchase books, supplies, and equipment needed for enrollment such as computers.

“Despite these uncertain times, the Alabama CollegeCounts program remains committed to helping families save in whatever way works best for their budgets and goals,” McMillan, added. “Eighteen years will pass by more quickly than most of us expect, so do not let temporary economic turbulence interrupt your college savings plan.”

Starting May 29, 2021, you can register your child in the 5/29 Day Promotion by visiting and entering your contact information and child’s name and date of birth. Selected winners must provide a birth certificate or commemorative birth announcement to receive the funds.

For information on how to open an account, please visit To learn more about CollegeCounts, the investment objectives, risks and costs, read the Program Disclosure Statement available online here.

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  2. I highly recommend opening a 529 account as soon as you get your babies social security number. A financial advisor can help you set it up for you.  Even if you can only put a little in each month or year every bit helps. Plus our parents usually give our daughter checks for special occasions like baptism, birthdays (we have plenary of toys and don’t need anymore) and so on that we can add to her account.